Justin on pole position for San Jose Grand Prix Justin and the ...
Justin on pole position for San Jose Grand Prix
Justin and the #9 CDW team showed their calmness under pressure by recovering from a difficult morning practice session to take pole position for Sunday's San Jose Grand Prix. The achievement marks Justin's second pole and third front row start of the season. "It's a great result for CDW, RSPORTS and all our partners", said Justin. "Hopefully we can take it all the way for the win tomorrow".
Justin's lap of 49.039s (105.932 mph) was 0.05s faster than fellow Yorkshireman Dan Clarke (Minardi Team USA, 49.092s) who was 2nd fastest. Clarke lines up 3rd on the grid behind Newman/Haas/Lanigan's Sebastien Bourdais (6th fastest) who joins Justin on the front row by virtue of his provisional pole on Friday. Oriol Servia (Forsythe) was the 3rd fastest qualifier (49.106s) and completes row 2. Justin's RSPORTS team-mate Alex Tagliani was 7th fastest (49.183s) and lines up on row 4.
Taking pole was all the more satisfying after the way things had started on Saturday morning. "We had to work hard for this one", explained Justin. "We got a bit lost with the set-up this morning and were struggling. So we went right back to yesterday's starting set-up and it seemed to work well again. That meant we could start moving forward this afternoon and fortunately we got there quite quickly."
Qualifying traffic presented its usual problems on the short street circuit, but on this occasion it was also a blessing as Justin explained: "The first stint was good, and the second run was going well, but there was somebody ahead of Will Power who just slowed up every lap for no apparent reason. Fortunately, he backed us up so much that I saved enough fuel to do one extra lap. That was the only clear lap I got in the whole seven laps in our second stint. It allowed us to get pole on the very, very last lap."